[lg policy] Singapore's changing language policy

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sun Aug 27 12:51:55 EDT 2017


Hi, Dave

I have done some work on Singapore although not recently.  What I
noticed back in he '80's was that whreas the lg. policy tended to
lead to language shift, espeically for the Tamils, more recently even
Chinese speakers were abandoning Chinese for English, or maybe
"Singlish".

Here are a couple of articles I published on the subject.

1.http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/540/handouts/sparadox/sparadox.html

2.http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/public/tongueti.htm

Best,

HS

On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Dave Sayers <dave.sayers at cantab.net>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> In my teaching about World Englishes, one of the week focuses on
> Singapore, citing the likes of Lisa Lim (e.g.
> https://benjamins.com/catalog/aila.22.05lim) in portraying Singapore's
> language policy as rather blunt-edged and heavy-handed. But a New York
> Times article published yesterday, https://goo.gl/VKsR9D, suggests that
> this policy may be lightening somewhat. That could just be sensationalised
> media fluff though. Does anyone know of any research (published on in
> progress) tracking this nascent change? Or failing that, can anyone either
> corroborate or challenge this article's claims?
>
> Thanks in advance!
>
> Dave
>
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